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Chocolate Marble Cheesecake Recipe

Reduced-fat ingredients create a light, creamy cake

IngredientsChocolate Cheesecake served on a plate

  • 2 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 6 chocolate wafers
  • 15 oz (1 3/4 cup) part-skim ricotta
  • 8 oz low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto (if desired)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips


1. For crust

Heat oven to 350˚. Toast almonds on a small baking sheet for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; reduce heat to 325˚. Coat an 8″ springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap outside of pan in foil to prevent seepage. Process chocolate wafers and almonds in a food processor until fine crumbs. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsp crumbs onto bottom of pan (just enough to coat bottom lightly). Shake pan to distribute evenly. Reserve remaining crumbs.

2. For filling

Puree ricotta in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Add cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, egg, egg whites, almond extract, flour and salt; puree until smooth. Whisk amaretto, if desired (or same amount of hot water), 2 tbsp hot water, cocoa powder and espresso powder in a bowl until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Stir 1 cup plain filling into chocolate mixture. Set aside.

3. Assembly

Pour remaining plain filling into prepared pan. Drizzle chocolate filling in a circular pattern over plain filling. Using a knife, make circular strokes to create swirls in the plain filling. Add 1 inch hot water to a shallow baking pan; place springform pan in baking pan. Bake until cheesecake is firm around the edge and slightly soft in the center, 45 to 55 minutes. Run a knife around inside of pan. Remove foil; let cool on a rack. Chill 6 hours or overnight before removing sides of pan. Press reserved crumbs onto side of cheesecake.

The Skinny

223 calories per serving, 9.7 g fat* (5.4 g saturated), 26.2 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 8.4 g protein

*This dish is slightly more than 30 percent fat but is still a healthy dessert option when part of an overall low-fat diet.

Reference: 2008

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Dr. Laura Dronen

Dr. Dronen graduated in 2001 from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. She enjoys treating families including children of all ages, pregnant women and those suffering from injuries (car accidents, work injuries, or sports injuries).